New Rooms for Old Houses

New Rooms for Old Houses

Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Published in association with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a practical handbook explains how to design, renovate, and remodel an older home to add extra space that matches the style of the original building but takes into consideration the requirements of modern living. 25,000 first printing.

Book News
Shirley, an architect in Boston who specializes in historic architecture, has written a book on the myriad design challenges any change to a historic house requires. The book is organized around case studies, while focusing on the universal issues involved, such as thinning a room, the importance of windows, matching gutters and drainpipes, and, especially, tasteful additions. Throughout, Shirley describes how historic houses are made, the precise forms and styles of their architectural details and decoration, the process of their construction, and materials used. Published in an oversized format (9.5x11"), the book is filled with color photos illustrating the overall house and the parts described. Ground plans are included. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Ingram Publishing Services
Walking readers through his four design cornerstones--balance, transition, public versus private space, and materials-- architect Shirley also leads a house tour through the golden age of American architecture.

A cramped kitchen. A bedroom that lacks elbow room. A living room that's no fun living in. It's the age-old dilemma of owning an old want to add space by making an addition but don't want to damage your home's integrity. Now The Taunton Press and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have joined forces to bring you outstanding design solutions.

Renowned architect Frank Shirley will share dozens of proven ideas for expanding the space and comfort of your charming colonial, cozy cape, vintage Victorian, any classic home...all while preserving the look and feel you first fell in love with!

Teach an old house new tricks!

  • 300 stunning photos of additions that work
  • Reassuring answers to all your concerns about adding new space to your beloved old home:
    • A house in harmony - living in an old house and loving it
    • Preserving the all-important balance of your home
    • Creating "public" and "private" spaces
    • Making the painless transition from old to new
    • Crafting with materials that express your home's style
  • Inspiring case studies - A Home on the Hudson, A Bay Area Beauty, A Victorian with Humility, Reviving a Retreat and more
  • Pure pleasure to a fellow old house owner and aficionado, Frank Shirley writes with warmth and insight
  • A gorgeous book, the perfect gift for anyone who owns and loves his or her old house
  • An unparalleled resource whether you're in the dreaming, planning or doing stage!

"Like you, I prefer old houses. For decades, I've helped home owners make their old houses more livable. With this book, you will discover a wealth of ideas and design strategies for additions that not only preserve but enhance the beauty that originally drew you to your classic home."

Publisher: Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2007
Description: 266 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9781561588855
Branch Call Number: 728.37 Shi


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Feb 12, 2010

A very nice pictorial of new additions to older homes. I especially liked it for its aesthetics and overall architectural design elements.

Jan 15, 2010

Beautiful photos, excellent ideas for trim and finishings .

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